12 Responses to “Are there any good nightlife spots in the French Quarter (NOLA) that are 18 and up?”

  1. Brian D says:

    I haven’t been back since Katrina so I couldn’t tell ya. Katrina, that b*tch!!!!!!!!!!

    Be aware of scam artist on the street!!! They were annoying and always out when I lived there.
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  2. pearl.drummer says:

    There are a lot of places in the French Quarter!! That is the safest place to be for visitors. You still have to be aware of your surrounding, of course. And like Brian said, you have to watch out for scammers, there are even little kids pickpocketing!!
    Be safe on your visit!
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    I’ve been a frequent visitor pre-Katrina.

  3. alphabanana says:

    I was in NOLA in October 06, and we had such a good time. You will have the time of your life! Walking up and down Bourbon Street, you can get any kind of drink your heart desires in a to-go cup, and just walk up and down the street, taking in the sights and having fun. As far as clubs, there are SOOOOO many, its hard to pick one. You should know that there are alot of gay clubs on Bourbon, if that is a problem for you, then you can just avoid that ‘end’ of Bourbon Street, but you’ll be missing alot of the fun if you do. Alot of the clubs are open air, so you can stand outside, and still hear the music. I’ve never been to the warehouse district, but if you are into live music, Tipitinas is one of the most noted venues in the US. Please make sure you eat at Irene’s, just ask for directions at your hotel. Heaven on earth at an affordable price.
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    Cheers, and have fun! I think I’m jealous(-=

  4. TommyMo says:

    ive had the most fun just walking up and down the street all night–like the other poster said, there are vendors selling cans of beer for like a dollar on every corner that you could just walk around with all night…you could go to bars anywhere, while in the french quarter just street walk throwing beads and flashing your you know what!!!! have fun its the best party ever!!!!
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  5. EINAH PETS says:

    If you’re with a dude, some places let girls in at 18 but won’t let guys in at 21, which is BS. However, I recommend Razoo’s if you like modern ‘Top 40’ music, Bourbon Cowboy is nice, it has a bull, some country music but not to country(they played kid rock a lot), the Dungeon, I’ve never been yet but I do believe you can get in at 18, male or female. They play rock music and heavy metal I think. There are always drunk people there, always interesting people there(a few years ago I walked there on a monday when I got off early one day at like 4pm and I was walking behind two black trannies(no joke). But beware, Bourbon Street smells really bad(then, if it didn’t, it’d be kinda lame, you’ll understand when you go there). I wouldn’t recommend carrying a lot of money or anything of value that you don’t need. I hope you have fun, go on a Saturday night, more people are there because many have to work on friday so there tired by the nighttime. Bourbon is usually packed until like 3:00-3:30am then it starts to die down. Thats the great thing, you can arrive at midnight, or 12:30, even 1 and you could still have an awesome time. Few people flash, thats only tourists really, and we get tourists around Mardi Gras & Jazz Fest. I wouldn’t recommend flashing anyone, espically if its not during Mardi Gras(which is over) because chances are you will get arrested. As far as the beads go, it depends on if anyones throwing them. Personally, Bourbon is way better when there isn’t anything going on in the city. At least you can move. I’ve never been for Mardi Gras but i went on the 4th of July(which is kinda lame here) and it was so packed, we had to hold onto each others shoulders so we wouldn’t get seperated. Hope you have a lot of fun.

    I got into clubs with bars and some bars and they carded me when I was 18.
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    Lived in New Orleans since Age 2

  6. pathfinder says:

    YOu have to be 21 to enter drinking establishments. Louisiana law.
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  7. Kaitlyn B says:

    bourbon st. has some crazy parties almost every night. it can be dangerous though, so go with a group of reliable people.
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    i live in N.O.

  8. TaylorIsAGirlsNameToo! says:

    I went there when I was 18 and got pretty hammered. A lot of the places do not care how old you are, as long as you are 18+. I would recommend that you dress and act mature though.
    It really is a lot of fun, but it’s kinda dirty. lol before and after katrina. It kinda reminds me of an amusement park or a carnival (without the rides) for adults. It stinks, the ground always seems to be wet, and there are vendors selling all kinds a crap. There is tons of music to check out as well.

    Have fun!
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    personal experience

  9. Vanessa B says:

    NOLA French Quater is really awesome. The French Quater is all about the 18 and up crowd. Just walk around and stop in some places to get a feel for what you like.
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  10. cuty007 says:

    Most of the clubs, including the strip clubs in The French Quarter will allow 18 and up, except the more well known. I don’t think Razoo and Cat’s Meow allow 18 and up, but Eutopia and the other one at the foot of the French Quarter will allow 18 , BUT YOU WILL PAY EXTRA!

    I bought my nephew for some clubbing in the Quarters for his 19th Bday, and had to pay about double for him, in the clubs and strip joints.
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  11. littleoldme says:

    I haven’t been there since before Katrina hit but anything down Bourbon is great. I don’t know if this place is still open or not but if you see the place that sells the drink hand grenade..you have to try one. They are so good but a bad a?? drink.
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  12. Barry says:

    Things to do:

    There is always music, but the bands change: Go to http://www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to http://www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music. Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set " of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so know the price before you sit down. The clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking water or nothing. It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it s delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

    There are many sightseeing opportunities in the greater New Orleans area, including carriage rides/tours, plantation tours, swamp tours, ghost tours, and even Katrina disaster tours. The steamboat Natchez also does a harbor tour. There are numerous tour companies and your hotel can help with the arrangements. Try to avoid scheduling an outdoor tour until you know the weather forecast for the day in question.

    The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: http://www.norta.com/

    Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to http://www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

    Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

    The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.)

    The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

    Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

    The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

    All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends.

    Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

    There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

    The Aquarium and Audubon Zoo are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

    The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking.

    Check http://www.frenchquarter.com for ideas on other things to do.

    NOLA is one of the world’s special places with an ambience unique in North America, and remains so even after Katrina devastated it in 2005.

    Katrina flooded about 80% of New Orleans with salt water, and the water stayed for almost a month. Much of the city is still struggling to recover and all you have to do to see devastation is drive around. It will take years for NOLA to fully recover from Katrina.

    However, the parts of the city that tourists usually visit were not flooded. It’s not a coincidence – the French Quarter and other old parts of the city were built on relatively high ground and only suffered wind damage from Katrina. Almost all of the damage has been repaired and you have to look closely in the FQ and city center to see that Katrina happened at all. You should visit and see for yourself.

    Note that the City of New Orleans is only part of the greater New Orleans area. The GNO area had a population of about 1,400,000 before Katrina and is estimated at about 1,200,000 now (July, 2007). The absent 200,000 are mostly from the City of New Orleans and the parishes of Plaquemines and Saint Bernard, which were the worst-flooded parts of the metro area. Jefferson Parish – just to the west of the City – suffered only minor flooding and has fully recovered.

    You can drink the water, the electricity & phones work, and services like the post office, hospitals, schools, and police/fire/EMS are operating. Restaurants, stores and shopping centers are open.

    Municipal services like street cleaning & trash collection collapsed after Katrina. Those services were fully restored in late 2006 and it is no longer an issue.

    You don’t need a car to get around in the French Quarter, Central Business District, or Warehouse District. Also, the parking regulations are Byzantine and there are lots of Parking Control Agents. If you drive or rent a car, leave it in a lot or garage unless you are traveling away from downtown.

    The regional transit authority (www.norta.com) sells 1 and 3 day passes that offer unlimited use of buses and streetcars for the day(s) you select. There are also lots of taxicabs.

    Regarding crime, questions like yours tend to attract highly negative "answers" from people who do not live here and who have little or no idea what they are talking about. Use the same common sense necessary in every major city in the world and there is little chance you will be a victim of anything except a need to visit the gym: Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t leave something like a camera-bag, purse, or backpack unattended on a park bench while you wander off to take photos. Etc.

    New Orleans has mild weather from late October to early May and the city stays green all year most years (rarely freezes and almost never snows). We pay for the mild winters with hot, humid summers – particularly in July & August. The good news for summertime visitors is that hotel rates are lower.

    Hope you have a great time!
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    New Orleans resident

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